Jordan Henderson disagrees with Jurgen Klopp’s UEFA Nations League comments
Jordan Henderson has dismissed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp‘s criticism of the UEFA Nations League by insisting that it is an important competition for England.
Speaking ahead of the latest international break, Klopp described the inaugural tournament as “the most senseless competition in the world of football”.
The competition was created to reduce the number of friendlies each year, while also providing an additional opportunity for nations to qualify for the next European Championships.
Henderson, who played a full part for England as they drew 0-0 with Croatia on Friday evening, has no complaints about the setup of the new competition.
“As a player, you want to win every game – even if it’s a friendly,” he told reporters. “When you’re a footballer, you play to win. And for us, it’s important because it has an effect on the groups of the Euros and the seeding.
“It’s important for us to win, especially against big nations like Croatia and Spain. We want to take the next level, beating teams like that. So, it’s a good challenge for us and an important challenge.”
Henderson will miss England’s away match with Spain on Monday through suspension.